On the Bright Side, featuring Pictures Plus Interiors

A dark, drab 1970s kitchen gets a much-needed makeover.

Article by Lennie Omalza, Photos by Olivier Koning

Issue Date:  (Thu) February 7, 2013

Glen Sugiyama and Susan Uyetake were in desperate need of a remodel. The kitchen in their St. Louis Heights home had remained unchanged since it was built in 1972 — the dark brown particle-board cabinets were flaking, exposing pressed wood beneath. With no windows and only one entrance, the kitchen was a dark, lonely space between the living and family rooms.


Thankfully, Sugiyama’s cousin referred them to Corrine Tadaki-Davis of Pictures Plus Interiors. After considering three designs, the couple finally settled on the unique but neutral tones of Kashmir Gold granite countertops alongside maple and zebrawood cabinetry, with just a pop of color via pendant lights. “We are very happy with our selection of Pictures Plus Interiors,” Uyetake says. “Corrine was very helpful, accommodating and patient.”



Cabinetry: Maple frame with zebrawood and frosted glass from Pictures Plus Interiors

Countertops: Kashmir Gold granite from Bella Pietra

Flooring: Carbonized bamboo from Bamboo Flooring Hawaii

Ceiling Lights: LED from Lighting Concepts

Pendant Lighting: Tay Tay pendant lights in magma from Dial Electric & Lighting Gallery

Window: Custom double-pane bay window from Pella

Range: Bosch stainless steel electric radiant range with ceramic glass cooktop from Sears

Refrigerator: GE Profile Counter Depth stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator from Sears

Microwave: GE over-the-range stainless steel microwave sensor oven from Sears

Dishwasher: Bosch stainless steel built-in dishwasher from Sears


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